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When we were little, Makoto had two pet goldfish. They were given to him by an old fisherman whom he befriended.

One summer, Makoto lost this friend due to a big storm that sank the fisherman’s boat. Some time after, Makoto found his goldfish lifeless in their bowl despite his best efforts.

This probably hit him harder than it would others because of his role as an eldest brother, and as someone who is used to taking care of other people — myself included.

We’re in high school now, but he still makes time to put out flowers for the grave he made for his goldfish.

Makoto smiles for everyone and is always ready to lend a hand, but-

Even though he wouldn’t ask for it, I’m certain he needs someone to support him too sometimes.

I’m sorry, Makoto.

I’m not good with words, but I hope I can make you understand that you don’t have to handle everything alone.


Aah, right in the feel bads. I got a little carried away with the description due to reading High Speed!, the light novel prequel to Free!

:bulletblue: There's an additional frame for this photo series in my Tumblr post :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/post…

For these pictures, we touch on the darker and sadder side of our beloved swimming anime. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there actually is more to it than the fanservice (and even that was handled in a humorous, sometimes almost satirical way). Apart from the great humor and beautiful animation, this anime had an unexpected amount of heart; something that my friends and I really came to love about it. We started watching because we thought we'd just laugh over the gratuitous fanservice, but we ended up having our hearts stolen by these endearing characters, and the strong messages on friendship which made us appreciate our own bonds more.

Sorry for stirring up sad emoceans! To make up for it, here is my journal post with our photo outtakes from this shoot:
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!When my friends and I first heard of "that swimming anime" called Free!, this is pretty much what we expected:
Not that there's anything wrong with that hahah, but all we were expecting was to be able to laugh at how exploitable and full of fanservice this show could be because swimming would require everyone to be half-naked. Although it started out that way, the more episodes we watched, the more we realized...
We were wrong. So wrong.
What we got was a heartwarming coming-of-age story with endearing characters and interesting dynamics. It spoke of friendship and learning your self-worth and figuring out what drives you forward.
I'd write more about how I feel about it but it would take up too much time and space over here, so here are a couple of posts that have already done the job well:
1. A detailed literary analysis and trope driven deconstruction of H


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:camera: photo by Kat ~neko-panigiri, lighting direction by Erving ~Huzafan

Free! cosplay photos:


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Sunny shiny soda breeze spreads in my heart
It’s the same as the smell of sunlight

Thank you so much for going along with me
Though I’m sure you’ll say you didn’t do anything


The lines are from Nagisa's character song, Sunny Soda Breeze. Judging by his demeanor, I was expecting Nagisa's song to be just full of sparkles and cutesy things because I heard "sunny shiny" and "pikapika". When I really gave it a listen and paid attention to the lyrics, it turned out to be Nagisa singing about how happy he is to be with everyone, being especially thankful about his new bond with Rei and how he hopes to be a good friend as well. I actually got a little weepy JEEZ what is this series doing to my heart.

This photo that we captured during our Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot reminds me of the song, especially with all the golden light. My friends make me feel the same sentiments as Nagisa too :cheese:


Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…

:iconcatherinejannelle: Cat - Nagisa Hazuki
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei Ryugazaki
:camera: photographed by Erving ~Huzafan
:bulletyellow: post-processing/color-toning by me *behindinfinity

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!


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:iconbutterflyplz::iconsaysplz: THIS IS NOT BEAUTIFUL!!! THERE IS NO BEAUTIFUL WAY TO EAT THIS! WHY DID YOU GIVE IT TO ME? I ALREADY SAID I DIDN'T WANT ANY!

:iconpengyplz::iconsaysplz: Rei-chan... I had no idea you were so bad at this. So that's why you never get ice cream with us. I just wanted to see what it feels like to have someone to eat split-and-share popsicles with. Is that what having a boyfriend is like? Like what Haru-chan and Mako-chan have!

:iconpectoral-fins::iconsaysplz: Haru, are you not looking at me because Rin said real men shouldn't make eye contact when eating food that are shaped like... these? If you're afraid Nagisa and Rei will think we're, y'know. That ship has sailed.

:icondolphinplz::iconthinksplz: This popsicle is pool-colored. But it doesn't taste like a pool.


HAHAH okay I got carried away with the imagined dialogue again. But sometimes these lines just pop into my head when I look at our pictures and I can't help writing them down :laughing:

Haru and Makoto are often shown eating these blue Ramune-flavored popsicles, so we thought it would be nice to have them in our shoot. We imagined Nagisa trying to share some with Rei, and in our minds this is how it would have gone. Frozen treats on sticks are not beautiful enough for Rei.

It is worth noting that the top photo didn't need much acting and the popsicle was messily melting on our Rei for real, and he was (fabulously) trying to keep it from dripping everywhere while our Nagisa watched him from the side with judgment.


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei Ryugazaki
:camera: photographed by Erving ~Huzafan

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!

Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…

Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays (I do live-tweets as I watch each week's new episode of Free!)
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson

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I imagine Gou during one of their after-school convenience store visits, huddling the swim club boys together for a team photo as part of her usual documentation and also to "accidentally" send to her brother. Maybe she's also telling them, "Aim high! If you show everyone how great you are, maybe they'll even get you to endorse sports drinks one day!" Makoto humors her, Nagisa thinks it's a great idea and barely stops his excited frolicking for the photo, Rei is already practicing his signature pose, and Haruka is having none of it. Just another day with the Iwatobi Swim Club.

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Best swim club everrrrrr who let that butterfly in the water


This is also a slice of life for us, as part of the reason we went to the convenience store is that we had been shooting all day and realized we haven't stopped for refreshments yet. After we got this photo, Miguel chugged down his bottle of Gatorade before I could even open mine. :lol:

Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:iconcatherinejannelle: Cat - Nagisa Hazuki
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei Ryugazaki
:camera: photographed by Erving ~Huzafan

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!


Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays (I do live-tweets as I watch each week's new episode of Free!)
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson

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series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:camera: photo by Kat ~neko-panigiri

I realize I don't usually do simple close-up portraits, but I enjoyed the clarity of this shot. It shows the layered styling I did on the wig, and how I lined my eyes to get them closer to Haru's eye shape. I also tried my best to capture Haru's facial expression. Or lack of it.

Someone usually asks, so: The lenses I'm using here are Ocean Blue Cosplay Lenses from Alice & Rabbit's Shop

For our usual antics (and pictures where you can actually see the outfits), here is my journal post with our photo outtakes from this shoot!:
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!When my friends and I first heard of "that swimming anime" called Free!, this is pretty much what we expected:
Not that there's anything wrong with that hahah, but all we were expecting was to be able to laugh at how exploitable and full of fanservice this show could be because swimming would require everyone to be half-naked. Although it started out that way, the more episodes we watched, the more we realized...
We were wrong. So wrong.
What we got was a heartwarming coming-of-age story with endearing characters and interesting dynamics. It spoke of friendship and learning your self-worth and figuring out what drives you forward.
I'd write more about how I feel about it but it would take up too much time and space over here, so here are a couple of posts that have already done the job well:
1. A detailed literary analysis and trope driven deconstruction of H


Free! cosplay photos:



Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson
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:iconbutterflyplz::iconsaysplz: HARUKA-SENPAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIII
:iconpectoral-fins::iconsaysplz: Haru I swear to god if you do this again-
:icondolphinplz::iconsaysplz: NOBODY UNDERSTANDS THE LOVE BETWEEN ME AND WATER-CHAN (H2OTP)
:iconpengyplz::iconsaysplz: WAIT FOR ME, I'LL GET HIM WITH MY SHOTA WILES


Okay so the dialogue above isn't actually an accurate representation of what the anime is like most of the time :laughing: I started watching it out of curiosity about all the buzz about that new swimming anime. I thought it would be mostly fanservice for the ladies, but at least with great animation and maybe it started out that way but I'm happy it has turned into something more than that! It gets unexpectedly emotional and full of heart. Wonderful slice-of-life kind of series with just the right amount of humor and kokoro-grasping.

I'm glad I got my bromodachis I'm not sorry to watch it and that they wanted to cosplay it too! More pictures coming up! Some of the sillier ones that don't quite fit in here, I'll just put on my Facebook page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf… so feel free to follow me there too!


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei Ryugazaki
:camera: photographed by Erving ~Huzafan and Kat ~neko-panigiri

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!

Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…


Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays (I do live-tweets as I watch each week's new episode of Free!)
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson

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Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, Rei Ryugazaki and Rin Matsuoka all by me ^^;
Group cosplay, forever alone style! :laughing:

I put this together to serve as the header for my basic cosplay eye makeup and characterization guide:
How I cosplayed the cast of Free! sort-of-tutorialGroup cosplay, forever alone style! Yeah, that's all me.
In this post, I'll get into how I did each one!
Intro, and some bad old pictures
For those of you who have the patience to read for some extra info!
When I started cosplaying, I didn't think makeup was such a major part of it. I was so hesitant to even put eyeliner because I'd think, "This character is a guy, I shouldn't look like I'm wearing makeup!" And I guess I was silly enough to think I looked enough like the characters I chose without doing anything to my face? :lol:
I can't find more pictures of my really old cosplays (which is just as well, hahah) from the time I didn't want to use makeup apart from these:
I cosplayed as Haku from Naruto. I don't remember wearing any makeup for this. It doesn't show too well on these pictures but I saw some others where the natural redness of my lips made it look like I was wearing lipstick even if I wasn't. I felt it made me look more feminine than I should. Haku is still a guy after al


I've been doing these trial cosplays to prepare for putting together a new panel presentation on cosplay makeup and characterization that I'll be doing overseas. I figured that showing myself as different characters from a single series would be an amusing way to illustrate how angles, expressions and makeup can help one person look different as they depict different characters. Here's what I've done for the anime, Free!

I'm going to re-shoot to get better quality photos for my more detailed tutorial on my panel but I hope the guide helps! :)

This was really fun to do, and I plan on trying it with other anime series as well! Comment if there's a series you'd like to suggest! :D


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My friends and I went on a field trip to Ocean Park as the Iwatobi Swim Club (reunited with an old friend) and ~Reskiy captured our day on video!

series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:iconcatherinejannelle: Cat - Nagisa Hazuki
:iconberamonde: Chase - Rei Ryugazaki
:iconhana181: Aki - Rin Matsuoka
:camera: photo by ~Huzafan

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Merry Free!-xmas and Happy Haru-days! :holly: From Jin and Harudolph the Red-Nosed Dolphin! HAHAH I'M TERRIBLE

Just a little intermission between uploading proper shoot photos!

I wanted to take a bit of time to greet you guys before everyone is away doing their Christmas or non-denominational holiday things! Let's enjoy the company of our friends and families and eat a lot!

I also would like to thank the opportunity to thank everyone for their love and support all year around! :thanks:


series: Free! - Episode 10 middle school version
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin as Haruka Nanase
:camera: photo by ~Reskiy

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Related photos:
Free! - Should I? by behindinfinity Free! - Too Cold To Swim by Reskiy Free! - For The Team (animated) by behindinfinity  Free! - Slice of Life by behindinfinity Free! - Can't Stop Won't Stop My H2OTP by behindinfinity 

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Part 1. To be continued.

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series: Free! Episode 10 middle school version
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconhakuku: Haku - Rin Matsuoka
:camera: photos by ~Reskiy and Noel


:pointr: Haru and Rin outfit references

After watching Free! episode 10, ~hakuku and I were talking about how we own clothes that are very similar to what Haru and Rin were wearing on the flashback scene. What started out as a joke that we should try to look like 12 year-old kids turned into an actual shoot. Somehow we made it happen, even if we live in different continents :lol:

We're trying out an anime screencap treatment for this photo sequence. Although this exact scene wasn't in the episode, we felt like providing some establishing shots before getting into the actual reenactment. Please stay tuned for the rest!


Related photos:

Free! - Too Cold To Swim by Reskiy Free! - For The Team (animated) by behindinfinity  Free! - Slice of Life by behindinfinity Free! - Can't Stop Won't Stop My H2OTP by behindinfinity  Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!When my friends and I first heard of "that swimming anime" called Free!, this is pretty much what we expected:
Not that there's anything wrong with that hahah, but all we were expecting was to be able to laugh at how exploitable and full of fanservice this show could be because swimming would require everyone to be half-naked. Although it started out that way, the more episodes we watched, the more we realized...
We were wrong. So wrong.
What we got was a heartwarming coming-of-age story with endearing characters and interesting dynamics. It spoke of friendship and learning your self-worth and figuring out what drives you forward.
I'd write more about how I feel about it but it would take up too much time and space over here, so here are a couple of posts that have already done the job well:
1. A detailed literary analysis and trope driven deconstruction of H


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